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Tips That Will Assist with Planting a Vegetable Garden If You Are a Novice

by Hugh Snyder

If you recently purchased a piece of farmland and have never planted crops before, the following instructions will assist you if you decide to plant a vegetable garden on part of the property. Once seeds, mulch, and fertilizer are added to the ground, you can look forward to harvesting a supply of fresh vegetables once the crops have matured.


  • measuring tape
  • ground-marking paint
  • rake 
  • shovel
  • wheelbarrow
  • garden tiller
  • garden hoe
  • hydroseeder
  • water hose
  • seeds
  • mulch
  • fertilizer
  • topsoil

Measure and Mark the Land and Remove Debris and Sod

Decide which portion of the farmland you would like to add a garden to. Mark the ground with straight lines of ground paint. Use a measuring tape to assist with keeping the sides of the marked section straight. Rake the inside of the marked section in order to collect loose pieces of debris. Place the debris inside of a wheelbarrow so that it can be removed from the marked section in an easy manner. Move a garden tiller across the ground to loosen sod. Remove the sod from the marked plot with a garden shovel.

Create Rows in the Plot and Prepare a Seed Mixture

Use a garden hoe to create shallow trenches across the plot. Each trench can be used as one of the rows in the garden, so consider how many types of crops you will be planting and the number of rows that will be required before creating the trenches. Fill a hydroseeder's tank with water, one type of seed, mulch, and fertilizer.

If you have never used a hydroseeder before, seek assistance from the business that you purchased or rented the equipment from before adding the components to the tank. Once the tank is full, mix the items that were added by turning on the machine's agitator for a few minutes.

Plant the Seed Mixture and Add Topsoil

Move the hydroseeder over to the edge of the garden. Add the seed mixture evenly across one or more rows in the plot by squeezing the trigger that is attached to the machine's nozzle. Drag the machine behind you as you move along the length of each row. Once all of the seed mixture has been added to the garden, rinse out the machine's tank with a water hose. Add another type of seed to the hydroseeder's tank along with water, mulch, and fertilizer, and add the combined ingredients to other rows in the garden.

Continue using the same steps until the entire garden has been planted. Add a thin layer of topsoil over each of the trenches in the garden. Make sure that the garden receives plenty of water in order for the crops to thrive. In the near future, you will have a variety of crops that are ready to be eaten.

Talk to a company such as Clark Tractor & Supply for more information about farm equipment.